Summer is here! The kids are out of school so this is a great time for family vacations, cook outs and pool parties. While this is a time of fun, relaxation and family bonding, it is also a time of danger. One of the dangers is drowning. There are thousands of drowning deaths every year in the United States. These deaths strike people from every age, gender, ethnic group and walk of life. The sad thing is that many of these deaths could have been prevented.
When we go on vacation the last thing we think of is the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on a hot summers day in Palm Springs, California at the Aces Hotel. Kenneth Crawford, age 22, was found dead in the hotel pool in the early morning hours of August 14, 2009 after drinking with his friends earlier in the day. Crawfords fatal decision was to go swimming alone. The Aces Hotel responded to this incident by closing their pool between 3-6 am, this tragic death could have been prevented.
Even though drowning is an equal opportunity victimizer, children are at a higher risk for drowning. This is largely in part to their high level of curiosity and low level of fear. Not only can children drown in pools or rivers, they can also drown in buckets and bathtubs. This is why it is up to adults to put in place layers of safety to protect our fearless little ones.
- Never assume it can’t happen to you or your loved one’s.
- Just because you’re a champion swimmer does not mean you can’t drown.
- Never swim alone.
- Use door alarms, gate alarms, pool alarms and wrist alarms to keep your child safe.
- Learn First Aid and CPR.
- Give your child swimming and pool safety lessons.
- Make sure you swim in safe areas such as supervised pools.
- Make sure children are supervised and wear floaties.
- Be vigilant. Accidents happen in a matter of seconds. Your response can mean the difference between life and death.
Have a happy and safe summer!